Man City too hot for Bournemouth
BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP):
Manchester City overcame Gabriel Jesus' early departure because of injury to beat Bournemouth 2-0 and climb to second place in the English Premier League, eight points behind Chelsea yesterday.
Raheem Sterling's 29th-minute strike and an own-goal in the 69th from Tyrone Mings, who deflected in an effort from substitute Sergio Aguero, earned City a third straight league win.
Aguero City's chief striker since 2011 has lost his starting place to Gabriel Jesus but played most of the match after coming on for the Brazil striker, who hobbled off in the 15th minute with an apparent twisted right ankle. Gabriel Jesus initially tried to play on after injuring himself when landing awkwardly stretching for a cross, but slumped to the ground within minutes and signalled to the bench.
"Tomorrow morning, we'll know exactly," City manager Pep Guardiola said. "I will pray tonight."
Aguero thought he scored when he slid in to glance a cross from Sterling towards goal. The ball struck the foot of Mings and deflected in, with the Premier League awarding it as an own goal.
Sterling opened the scoring by tapping home at the far post after Leroy Sane's cross from the left ricocheted into his fellow winger's path. The England international has scored five goals against Bournemouth, more than any other opponent.
Sterling and Sane also struck the goal frame as Pep Guardiola's team dominated on the south coast.